Thomas Gore sentenced to six months for campaign finance violations
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray was sentenced Friday for committing campaign finance violations and destroying evidence.
Thomas Gore was sentenced to six months behind bars and another six months in home detention. He will also be placed on supervised home detention for 36 months.
"I made a very poor decision,” Gore said. “I take responsibility. I cannot express how sorry I am for it. "
Gore was the acting treasurer for Gray's 2010 campaign, in which Gray defeated incumbent Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary. Sentencing is set for Friday.
Gore admitted that he made illegal payments to a minor candidate and shredded a notebook containing evidence of those payments. The candidate, Sulaimon Brown, was paid to stay in the race and make negative comments about Fenty.
Gore is one of three campaign aides to Gray who've pleaded guilty to felonies, and the investigation continues. The most serious charge involved $650,000 in illicit funds that prosecutors have said tainted Gray's victory.
"Thomas Gore is headed to prison because he lied to the FBI and shredded documents to cover up corruption in the 2010 D.C. mayoral election," said U.S. Attorney Ron Machen in a news release. "He will be deprived of his liberty because he tried to deprive the voters of the truth about a secret scheme to funnel money from one mayoral campaign to another."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.